• Bitten by the whale watching bug Bitten by the whale watching bug We don’t realise how lucky we are in South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, to have the mightiest of the marine mammals visit our coastline between every year ...
  • The Whale Trail The Whale Trail The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps comparable with ...
  • 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa Combine your trip to South Africa with a relaxing, revitalising visit to a health spa and experience Africa at it's finest. Our favourite 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa are ...
  • Locals share their favourite getaways Locals share their favourite getaways We ask 30 local South Africans to share their favourite holiday destinations and getaways with us. From the more popular destinations like Knysna and the Kruger Park to ...
  • The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip walk shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandudno ...
  • 10 Amazing Game Lodges 10 Amazing Game Lodges South Africa is world renowned for her game reserves and wildlife. The lodges which allow us to experience these in luxury are no less awe inspiring. Our favourites are ...
  • 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for the school holidays, the words "I’m bored" inevitably cross their lips. Our "101 things to do with kids in Cape Town" will ...
  • "World's most beautiful Cities" "World's most beautiful Cities" Open space makes Cape Town special. Renowned English sea navigator Sir Francis Drake once referred to Cape Town as the fairest cape in the world. The city houses the ...

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Why Get Married In South Africa?

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For couples that want to combine spectacular beauty, classic elegance and an undeniable vibe to celebrate their special wedding day, South Africa is the destination of choice. It is (and has been) an increasingly popular holiday and honeymoon destination. More than this, though, South Africa is ideal for the wedding ceremony and reception too.

Why? Continued

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Things to Do at The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth

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The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World enjoys prime positioning along Beach Road, the motorway that separates this world-class development from the warm waters of Algoa Bay. As such, it is centrally situated and showcases gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean. There is plenty of free, secure parking and, while the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth is open-air, there are sheltered walkways that protect visitors from the rain as they peruse the many shops.

Here are our top five reasons to visit The Boardwalk … Continued

Monday, 10 March 2014

10 interesting and unusual monuments and statues in South Africa

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Monuments, statues and memorials to commemorate a notable person or event are part of the fabric of travel. They draw countless thousands of people in every city of the world.

They queue to see: Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid, Michelangelo’s David, The Taj Mahal in India, New York’s statue of Liberty, the Great Buddha, Japan – works that hold not only a vivid image, but also an impression of the country in which they stand.

South Africa has its own share. Here are 10 of the more unusual or interesting monuments and statues in South AfricaContinued

Friday, 7 March 2014

Dorp Adventures

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Small towns are affectionately known as dorps (pronounced “dawps”) by local South Africans. While they may be little and tucked away in the mountains and valleys of this multifaceted country, so many of these towns and villages offer a host of exciting things to do and see. Discover the fabulously diverse world that awaits visitors to the dorps of this country. Continued

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Top 10 must-visit museums in Cape Town

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Museums are no longer dull repositories filled with archaic collections that gather dust.

Any museum worth its salt has reinvented the way it displays objects of scientific, artistic, cultural or historical importance, using virtual exhibits and other modern tools to transform its halls into places of interest; spaces that can compete with the Internet.

There are over 55 000 museums in 202 countries across the world. Visitors are offered a wonderful selection of museums in Cape TownContinued

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

What I love about the Overberg: from a City-Bowl-expat

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I’d been visiting the Overberg for twenty years by the time I made the decision to pack everything up and move my little family out to the country, beyond the city smoke, traffic and frenetic pace, to a quieter place over the hills. Raised in Sea Point and residing in the Cape Town City Bowl as a young adult, I had never stumbled across a lifestyle that was so family-centric and influenced by the great outdoors.

Saturday beach expeditions with children made for a refreshing change compared to the social whirl of weekends in the city – and lush, languid Sunday lunches replaced being seen at the newest hip spot in town in a designer frock and heels. The soul-stirring beauty of the Overberg seeped into my heart and inspired me to traverse the region that must surely have inspired many poets, writers and painters in the past. Continued

Monday, 3 March 2014

5 places to see San rock art in South Africa

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South Africa is regarded as having the richest collection of rock art in the world with examples in national parks and nature reserves around the country.

Beyond the initial belief that San rock art was a record of daily life, much of their work is now thought to portray the specific San experience of spirit world jouneys and the experience of San shamans (known as the shamanistic hypothesis). This hypothesis regards rock art as repositories of the supernatural vigour that shamans needed for their spiritual journeys – by touching the paintings, they drew on their spiritual power… Continued

Friday, 28 February 2014

15 of South Africa’s most famous visual artists

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Impossible though it is to come up with a finite list, here are 15 of some of South Africa’s most internationally famous visual artists… Continued

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A South African working holiday

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Exploring South Africa and appreciating the many different facets of this prime destination takes time. While many visitors come year after year to experience the real allure of this country, there is also the opportunity to work here for a few months, even years, and get to live the real South African life amongst real South African people.

There are a number of programmes that invite tourists from all over the world to volunteer their services at no charge during their stay. These include crèches, vegetable farms, schools, animal sanctuaries, and far more. Continued

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

5 most famous streets in South Africa

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No two streets in a city are alike. And no two famed streets are popular for the same reason. Some are the centre of a city’s nightlife, others are remarkable for their historical importance, while others still are great for shopping – think Oxford Street, London.

South Africa’s cities are no exception to the rule. From Vilakazi Street, famous for housing not one but two Nobel Prize winners, to vibey Long Street in Cape Town, there are a myriad reasons to visit the country’s city streets. Here are some of the most famous streets in South Africa … Continued

Monday, 24 February 2014

Stretta Cafe – An Eatery Gem

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I’d read about Stretta Cafe in the November 2013 issue of House and Leisure magazine and on seeing that the chef imports cheese, flour and fresh ravioli from Italy on a weekly basis, I decided then and there that I would find the opportunity to sample what is on offer!

Opportunity arose a little under two weeks ago when we found ourselves in Hillcrest for the pre-race registration of the Hillcrest Marathon; what could be more apt than lunch at an Italian restaurant for the obligatory ‘day before a marathon’ carbo-loading. I was competing in my first Midmar Mile since 1991 the following day to, so a hearty bowl of pasta could easily be justified! Continued

Friday, 21 February 2014

20 must-visit sacred buildings in South Africa

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Millions of tourists are drawn to places like Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

South Africa, with her multiplicity of creeds and myriad places of worship, has many fine examples of sacred buildings.

Here are 20 of the most historical, unusual, or architecturally memorable, sacred buildings in South AfricaContinued

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Walks in the wilds – 8 green city spaces in South Africa

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Green ‘lungs’ or green spaces are what make cities liveable. As our population grows, so our cities expand. And the importance of green spaces increases. Living in an area with access to green spaces is vital for our well being.

We have many green city spaces in our cities in South Africa. But these are wilder spots – the greenbelts, wetlands and untouched areas left to remain the way they should be … Continued

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Did You Know? 25 Fascinating Facts about South Africa

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South Africa is a wonderfully popular destination, known for its wildlife, landscapes, culture and friendly folk. There are many facts and trivia about South Africa that make it rather unusual and an even more exciting place to visit.

We have listed some of our favourite “unique” Facts about South AfricaContinued

Monday, 17 February 2014

Secretly recovering from a facelift – 10 top spots to remain incognito in South Africa

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Whatever reservations you may have about cosmetic surgery, South Africa serves as a perfect destination for those intent on a nip or tuck.  The country offers top quality cosmetic surgery, the Rand/Dollar/Euro exchange makes the option rather attractive, and the country has so many scenic spots in which to recuperate that you can visit for a month and return home looking several decades ‘younger’ with ease.

It’s been termed medical tourism. Packages to South Africa include the job and recovery time spent on safari, or in a spa on the coast.

For those who want to remain well hidden here are ten remote, yet beautiful, spots around the country … Continued